It has been a productive few days for me. I have just uploaded another computational thinking resource, this time a PO4 resource, called Make My Money! This is a Makey Makey based activity, linked to Scratch. The aim of the activity is for older students to create a learning resource for younger students to help them learn about making different monetary values from coins. So the maths required in order to do the task is easy for the students doing the coding, but the coding required to make the resource is far from straight forward, indeed it is a PO4 activity, because the successful outcome requires the use of outputs, iteration, variables and comparative operators, several of them. I am looking forward to trialing this one too. In the pipeline is a Te Reo vocabulary coding activity, I am just waiting on having my Te Reo checked before I go live with this one, watch this space for more on that.
I have been working with several groups of students in a couple of schools on separate PLD Numeracy contracts recently, on the same problem, the students have very weak understanding of their basic facts of number and how they are inter-related, their bonds. As a result of this, I decided that a way that the students could build their capacity and their understanding would be to create a game that tested a user on the concept I wanted the students themselves to learn. After all the best way to learn is to teach. So I have created this number bonds resource, that leads into creating a game in Scratch. I have yet to trial it, but it was fun to make.
In preparation for Matariki, I have been working on a resource for students to build a Star Dome in their classrooms from recycled cardboard and then populate the ceiling of their Star Dome with the constellations of the southern skies with LEDs controlled via a simple parallel circuit with resistors and a cardboard switch in it, all connected with copper tape.
I am looking forward to testing this resource in several schools in term 2. The LEDS and resistors have been ordered and are currently inbound from China. Just need to go dumpster diving now for the large cardboard boxes we will need to make the 12 equilateral triangles needed for each Star Dome.